by James Law
REBEL Wilson is cheering after winning a record $4.5 million in defamation damages, but the judgment has also exposed startling detail about just how little she was paid when she first made the trip to Hollywood.
The Australian actor was awarded the highest defamation payout in the country's history yesterday after she successfully sued Bauer Media in the Victorian Supreme Court for a series of articles that painted her as a serial liar.
"Today was the end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles," Wilson, 37, tweeted after the judgment.
But buried deep in Justice John Dixon's 136-page judgment is surprising evidence about the abysmal level of pay the Aussies funny woman received in her early Hollywood roles.
After making a name for herself in TV and theatre in Australia, Wilson moved to Los Angeles in late 2009.
Her breakout role came in mid-2010 when played Kristen Wiig's nightmare roommate in the monster hit Bridesmaids - for which she was paid a measly $US3000 ($A3759).
While her role was admittedly small and her screen time minimal, the movie went on to gross $288.4 million at the box office and was nominated for two Oscars.
You might think that Wilson went on to make millions for each of her subsequent big screen roles, but the judge's findings show that was far from the case. This is how much she made for her next movie appearances:
● Pitch Perfect: $US165,000 ($A206,719)
● Ice Age: Continental Drift: $US70,000 ($A87,699)
● What to Expect When You're Expecting: $US75,000 ($A93,963)
● Bachelorette: $US45,000 ($A56,378)
● Struck By Lightning: $US20,000 ($A25,056)
● Small Apartments: $US5000 ($A6264)
Compare these figures to the $A200,000 she was paid to appear in one episode of the short-lived Channel 7 game show The Big Music Quiz last year.
While the pay she made for these movie roles may seem small by Hollywood standards, she did go on to score big pay packets for her own sit com Super Fun Night in 2013-14 (about $US2 million) and the Pitch Perfect sequel in 2015 ($US4.1 million).
And she is set to be paid between $US5 million and $US6 million ($A6.3 million-$A7.5 million) for Pitch Perfect 3, due for release in December.